January 11, 2024

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we begin this new year, and to follow up on our rich conversation at the 2023 Fall Clergy Conference, I would like to explore additional opportunities to strengthen and deepen our connection as clergy across the diocese. As your bishop, I am committed to being open and available to each of you, walking alongside you as you serve your congregations. With all of this in mind, I will offer two new ways to make myself even more available to you in 2024. Of course, as always, you can schedule at other times to meet with me throughout the year.

Monthly Zoom for Clergy Check-In

All clergy are invited to join on Zoom for a check-in chat at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 18. This is an informal Zoom meeting intended for any and all clergy in the diocese to have time to chat with me.

Diocese WNC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monthly Clergy Check-In

Time: Jan 18, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 876 3729 6515

Passcode: 866564

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Other dates for the monthly check-in include:

  • 1 p.m. March 7
  • 1:30 p.m. April 3
  • 9:30 a.m. May 7
  • 1 p.m. June 10
  • 1 p.m. August 5
  • 1 p.m. September 16

A new Zoom link will be sent ahead of each monthly check-in.

Other Schedule-an-Hour dates for 2024 include:

  • March 11
  • April 18
  • May 20
  • June 18
  • September 5
  • November 26

Schedule-an-Hour Day

I am carving out time about once a month for one-on-one meetings with clergy, either by Zoom or in person, whichever works best for you. The first Schedule-an-Hour day is Wednesday, January 31. 

I intend these meetings to give us space to talk about anything you may need my input for, whether it may be a new ministry initiative, internal church issues, or an idea that you have in mind. 

Email Jess or call the diocesan office at 828-225-6656 to schedule a meeting time.

I look forward to seeing what we will do together in service to the love of Christ across Western North Carolina this year. If you have any questions about these new offerings, please reach out to Jess or call the office at 828-225-6656.


The Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin, VII Bishop, Diocese of WNC

The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina

900B CentrePark Drive

Asheville, NC 28805


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